Penticton & District Community Resources (PDCRS) invite you to the Healthy Moms & Babies fundraising dinner to help raise money to meet the needs of local women, and their babies, that turn to the charity for help.
“Each week a woman walks through the door of Bennet House feeling alone, anxious or overwhelmed because of issues related to their pregnancy.” says Tanya Behardien, Executive Director. “We ensure a qualified professional greets them for confidential counseling and the home feels welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental.”
Located at 200 Bennet Avenue, the PDCRS Pregnancy Support Program connects new moms with options counselling, pregnancy education, parenting supports, maternity clothes, baby supplies and linkages to other community resources. Bennet House offers a mix of drop-in and structured programs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at no cost to the participants.
“One program we offer women is a prenatal care program in partnership with Interior Health’s public health nurses.” says Behardien. “The classes help expectant moms better understand the stages of pregnancy, how to deal with common emotions and pregnancy symptoms, preparing for childbirth, visiting the hospital, and the importance of prenatal care.”
The Pregnancy Support Program also organizes weekly drop-in sessions where women can meet other parents, build friendships and learn life skills. The goal is to support mothers as needed through their baby’s first year of life. Typical conversations revolve around advice for caring for the baby and self-care strategies for new moms.
“We do not receive any government funding for this program, and we have a group of 20 volunteers like me” says volunteer Jean O’Fallon “who work at Bennet House and organize small fundraisers like the springtime Baby Bottle Drive and this dinner”
The event aims to raise $5,000 dollars through the dinner, cash bar, toonie toss and live auction. “Volunteers from the Knights of Columbus will be cooking a hearty dinner on Saturday November 18th 6:00pm at St. John Vianney Hall at $25 ticket”, says O’Fallon “and Chef Sarren Wolfe of Neon Wolfe Creations has offered a private dinner for 6-8 people in your home as one of our auction items.”
To buy a ticket, people can drop by the PDCRS office at 330 Ellis Street or contact PDCRS reception at email@example.com / 250-492-5814
About Penticton & District Community Resources
For more than 50 years, PDCRS is a social services organization providing a range of community programs and services for individuals and families at every stage of life in the South Okanagan/Similkameen. The organization helps over 600 people daily in more than 40 programs in 15 communities. The society’s services are organized in four strategic pillars: Child Care & Support Services; Youth & Family Services; Community Living Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities; and Community Development.
For more information:
Ian Gerbrandt, Director of Child, Youth and Family Services
Penticton & District Community Resources